It was a historic day for Cristiano Ronaldo is several ways as he paved the way for a relatively easy Champions League victory for Real Madrid in Sweden against Malmo.
Real Madrid proved much too fast for the Swedish giants to even get going as they maintained possession of the ball for more than 75% of the match. But it was Ronaldo who opened the match wide open less than 30 minutes into the match with a strike off a short pass from Isco:
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That goal marked Ronaldo’s 500th career goal and put him one goal shy of Raul’s club record of 323 goals for Real Madrid. But if Raul was watching the match hoping Ronaldo would wait until the next La Liga fixture to tie his record, he’d be sorely disappointed.
At the 90′ mark Ronaldo took advantage of a tired Malmo defense to surge through for a last minute score for his 323rd Real Madrid goal and tie Raul’s club record.
Naturally, Real Madrid won the match and moved to first place on the Group A table thanks to a better goal differential than Paris Saint-Germain.
The two clubs will face off in Paris on October 21 and then in Spain on November 3. With both clubs sharing 6 points on the table apiece, the better-looking club will likely be considered a heavy-favorite to win the Champions League.
As for Ronaldo, with 501 career goals he remains very much in the conversation for chasing down some of the all-time world scoring leaders including the incomparable Pele and Romario if he maintains his current goal-scoring pace.
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